52: Kelley Kassay: Providing Toys To Children In The Hospital In Honor Of Her Son!

Kelley talks about her son, Mason, who was first diagnosed with cancer at age 5 and how his passing at age 11 inspires her to help other families and children in the hospital. She talks about her son’s experience with cancer along with what inspired her to start Mason’s Toybox.   She shares how her non-profit…

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Episode 51- Alyssa Riedl – Life Is Moving Along -8 Children – 2 Biological and 6 Adopted!

  On this podcast, Alyssa shares her story of having 2 biological children and then adopting 6 other children.   Alyssa shares the frightening story of when her first biological son coded after he was born and then experienced seizures. She also shares the story of her daughter’s birth at 27 weeks and their long stay in the NICU.   She then…

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50: Kelly Blumenthal – CHD Mom, Advocating for Families and Children, Fundraising, And Always Inspiring!

On this episode of the podcast, Kelly shares her story and why she is so passionate about helping other families, fundraising, and doing anything she can to spread awareness about congenital heart disease!   Kelly discusses the infertility issues she and her husband experienced prior to having their first son. She talks about becoming pregnant with Finn – just 5 months after her first…

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49: Tara Tench- The Challenges of Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome

Tara shares her story about her daughter who has hypoplastic left heart syndrome.   She talks about her pregnancy, when her she first learned that her daughter was going to have congenital heart disease, and the moments leading up to her daughter’s birth.     She discusses her stress level during her daughter’s first heart surgery, and…

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48: Jolene Philo-How Trauma and PTSD Affect Children Who Experience Long Hospital Stays and Surgeries.

  Jolene talks about her journey with her son and how she discovered how his surgeries and hospital stays early in life affected his long term development, causing trauma and PTSD. She shares the trauma her son experienced after birth, involving flights to two different hospitals in two different states for surgery. She talks about…

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47: Kayla Aimee – Her Daughter Born at 25 weeks, Stayed 6 months in the NICU, and Thriving Today.

On this podcast episode, Kayla shares her story about her daughter: born at 25 weeks in her pregnancy, her long 6 months stay in the hospital, being away from her family, and how her daughter has overcome all the odds and is now thriving and at the head of her class. On the podcast, Kayla…

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46: Melody Nuttall- Anencephaly and Making The Most Of Life To Help Other Children and Families.

On this podcast episode Melody shares her story about her daughter Lailah Joy Heaven who was born with Anencephaly. She talks about when she first learned about her daughter’s condition during the pregnancy. She describes in great detail the birth of her daughter and the planning process of donating her daughter’s organs. In addition, she…

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45: Meagan Nash- Down Syndrome And Changing People’s Perceptions Concerning Children With Special Needs

On this week’s podcast, Meagan Nash talks about her son, who has down syndrome and how both of them are changing people’s perception concerning children with special needs. Meagan talks about her pregnancy and when her son was first diagnosed with down syndrome. She talks about her delivery and hospital stay. Plus, she talks about…

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44. Kathy McClelland – Cri du Chat Syndrome and Beauty In Broken Dreams 

On this podcast, Kathy talks about her son who has Cri du Chat Syndrome.  Kathy talks about her pregnancy and how there were symptoms and risks during her pregnancy. She describes her son’s birth and his noticeable “cat-like cry”. She talks about the challenges of her child’s hospital stay. Kathy discusses the challenges of parenting her 3-year-old son,…

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43: Celeste Brown-Discovering Your Child Has Congenital Heart Disease When She Is 3 Years Old.

On this podcast, Celeste shares her story of how her daughter was diagnosed with Congenital Heart Disease (“CHD”) at the age of 3. She talks about the events that led up to her daughter being diagnosed with CHD. Celeste then describes how within a week of being diagnosed her daughter had heart surgery. She talks…

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